New Numbers Released on Domestic Violence, Rape & Stalking

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Topeka, KS, 11/26/2013 - Domestic violence reports to law enforcement are at a 20-year high, according to a recently released Kansas Bureau of Investigation Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape Report. Domestic violence-related murders continue to hover at around 25% of all murders in Kansas. Reported rapes are occurring every 8 hours across the state. Rape is one of the most underreported of all crimes. Stalking incidents are up over 250% since Kansas updated its law.

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV), a network of 29 programs that provide services in small and large communities across Kansas, says the experiences of the direct service providers support what these numbers show. They are serving more victims for longer periods of time. The circumstances of the abuse and rape are more severe, more lethal, and more complicated, the advocacy organization says.

“Since 2009, the reported domestic violence incidents and murders in Kansas have been at all-time highs,” stated Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “During the same period of time,” Grover said, “Kansas and the nation have experienced a significant economic downturn. Bad economic conditions do not cause domestic violence and rape but these conditions can be like throwing gasoline on a fire.”

“Coupled with cuts to local, state, and federal funding, fewer grants available, and the impact of sequestration, this is a dangerous time for Kansas victims and their families.” Grover said.

The legislature has managed to keep state general funding for these services fairly level since 2009, but the numbers of victims needing services continues to rise. “Level funding is no longer adequate; it does not keep heads above the water line,” Grover stated.

“We must continue to hear and respond to the voices of victims and their children as they reach out for help, and, these numbers tell us that victims are doing so in record numbers,” stated Grover. “The patterns apparent through the last several years are very alarming,” Grover said, “we call on our communities and our governments, both state and federal, to respond to these critical safety issues.”

“As we all head into the winter holidays, please remember that not all homes are merry and bright. Please reach out to your friends, your neighbors and your family members who may be in need of a helping hand,” Grover urged, “We can only end this violence if we work together.”

Contact: Joyce Grover
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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

 

Domestic Violence Victims Suffer Under Sequestration as Congress Battles Over the Budget

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New Report Details Real Impact of Cuts to Discretionary Programs

Washington, DC, 11/12/2013 - Even before the Budget Control Act of 2011, thousands of programs that rely on non-defense discretionary (NDD) federal funding, including those that serve victims of domestic violence, had their budgets sharply cut. A new report released today by NDD United shows how millions of Americans are being hurt in the process.

"These continued cuts mean that thousands of victims fleeing violence are not able to find emergency shelter, crisis intervention, and other critical services they need to escape and heal," said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic violence (NNEDV). "These are lifesaving services for crime victims who are already in a terrible situation-and there aren't alternatives."

The report, "Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Safe," details sector by sector, from safety to public health to education to workforce development, the stories of those who have been impacted most by Washington's failure to protect the programs that keep us healthy, safe, educated and much more. The report is authored by NDD United, an alliance of more than 3,200 national, state, and local organizations - including NNEDV- working to stop needless cuts to core government functions.

Domestic violence programs, along with other NDD programs upon which victims often rely to rebuild their lives after crisis, have been cut dramatically and disproportionately in recent years as lawmakers endeavor to reduce the deficit without raising additional revenues. This has been done despite expert agreement that these programs do not contribute to our nation's mid- and longer-term debt problem. Sequestration locks in these devastating cuts for the next eight years.

At the same time that funding is decreasing, domestic violence programs across the country are reporting an increase in the demand for their help, which creates an unconscionable gap in available services. On just one day in 2012, domestic violence programs nationwide provided services to 64,324 victims and their children. But on that same day, over 10,470 requests for services went unmet due to a lack of funding and resources. It is estimated that, because of sequestration, at least 148,090 additional victims of violence will not be able to access services each year.

The Budget Control Act established caps restricting how much funding Congress could allocate to discretionary programs each year over the next decade. As a result, by 2023, these caps will cut $1.6 trillion from defense discretionary and non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs combined, relative to the inflation-adjusted 2010 funding levels. Under sequestration, these programs-including both defense and nondefense programs-face more than $700 billion in cuts over the next eight years. In two years, NDD spending will equal a smaller percentage of our economy than ever before (based on data back to 1962)-if lawmakers do not act to replace sequestration with a more meaningful and comprehensive deficit reduction strategy.

Even though Congress and the White House came to agreement on a budget deal earlier this month, the agreement conspicuously failed to address sequestration and the funding level for fiscal year 2014.

"Given the dangerous and potentially lethal nature of domestic violence, we cannot afford to ignore victims' needs - and we cannot allow this deadly sequestration to continue," said Gandy. "Congress and the Budget Conference Committee must act now to replace the sequester with a responsible and balanced plan that meets the needs of domestic violence victims, and all of those who are most vulnerable in our communities."

"Faces of Austerity" is available online at www.nddunited.org.

About NNEDV

NNEDV, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading voice for domestic violence victims and their allies. NNEDV members include all 56 of the state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence, including over 2,000 local programs. NNEDV has been a premiere national organization advancing the movement against domestic violence for almost 20 years, having led efforts among domestic violence advocates and survivors in urging Congress to pass the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994. To learn more about NNEDV, please visit <href="http://www.nnedv.org">www.nnedv.org.

Contact for NNEDV: Cindy Southworth
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Kansas Observes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Topeka, KS, 10/01/2013 - The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) welcomes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women aged 15 to 44, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. One in four women in the U.S. will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime. This translates into about 312,000 Kansas women. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation indicated that, in 2011, there were 24,159 incidents of domestic violence reported to law enforcement, the highest number Kansas has seen in 20 years.

”Domestic violence impacts all Kansans: Adults, children, families, friends, communities, workplaces, schools, religious institutions and many others,” says Joyce Grover, executive director of KCSDV. “The month of October is a time for us to reflect on and raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence, and to encourage people to come together to support life-saving services for victims in their communities.” In Kansas, there are 29 community-based advocacy programs located throughout the state that provide safety services and support to victims of sexual and domestic violence in all 105 counties. Kansas advocacy programs regularly serve more than 17,000 victims of domestic violence annually while also responding to nearly 23,000 crisis hotline calls, and the demand for these critical services continues to rise.

“In Kansas, almost one in four of the homicides are domestic violence-related. We know, even with these startling numbers, that domestic violence is preventable,” says Grover. “By promoting healthy relationships that include equality and respect, and through large scale community education and action, we can reduce the likelihood that someone will turn to abusive behaviors in a relationship.”

Kansas domestic violence advocacy programs are also using October as a time to raise awareness in their local communities. Options, Inc., in Hays is one of several agencies collaborating to host a Domestic Violence Summit on October 15 with longtime activist Rus Funk as a featured presenter. In Great Bend, the Family Crisis Center, Inc., is encouraging community members to ‘Turn Our Town Purple’ (the color used to raise awareness to domestic violence) on October 7. SOS, Inc., in Emporia will host its annual Domestic Violence Summit on October 4 with national risk assessment expert, David Adams. The Topeka YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment will host their 2013 Week Without Violence, and Catholic Charities Harbor House and StepStone in Wichita are co-hosting a dialogue on October 18 called “Men Standing Up Against Domestic Violence.” These are just a few of the many events happening across Kansas to raise awareness to domestic violence. Governor Brownback has also demonstrated his support by proclaiming October 2013 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Kansas. “October is a time to talk about domestic violence, to send messages in your community that domestic violence will not be tolerated, and to let victims know that they are and will be supported,” says Grover. “Ending domestic violence takes us all.”

Learn more about what you can do, and find a list of statewide events at kcsdv.org or check with your local DV/SA program. Join the conversation at facebook.com/kcsdv.


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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

 

Sexual and Domestic Violence: A Workplace Response for HR Professionals

Topeka, KS, 7/22/2013 - Statewide advocacy group, KCSDV, will host a one-day seminar for business owners and human resources professionals on addressing sexual and domestic violence in the workplace, including: sexual and domestic violence and stalking in the workplace, recognizing signs of abuse in the workplace, incident management and response, workplace safety plans, and responding to Orders for Protection.

“With one out of every four women being victimized by a domestic partner, it’s easy to see how sexual and domestic violence affects all aspects of a victim’s life, including the workplace,” said Joyce Grover, KCSDV executive director. “We are excited to have nationally recognized experts from Forest Advisors here to discuss the very real policy challenges employers face when an employee is either being victimized or is perpetrating abuse.”

In one study, more than 75 percent of employed offenders used workplace resources at least once to express remorse or anger, check up on, pressure, or threaten their victims . In 2011, a woman was murdered in the workplace every 12 days. Employers are forced to address situations such as harassment, threatening phone calls, and absences due to injuries.

Brenda is a survivor who has worked with KCSDV. Her experience is an example of the critical role HR professionals can play in supporting survivors faced with these issues. “I had talked to a few people at work about a man who was leaving notes on my car and showing up at more and more places that I frequented,” Brenda said. “No one really knew how to help until a woman from our HR department asked if I was OK. When I told her about what was going on and how he was starting to threaten me, she was really supportive and continued to be incredibly helpful. I don’t know what I would have done without her help.”

Located at the Ramada Convention Center in downtown Topeka, 420 SE 6th Avenue, the seminar will take place on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., and is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and SHRM Topeka Chapter #0428. The registration fee is $100 with a 10% discount available for SHRM and Kansas Chamber members. The training is approved for 6 HRCI recertification credit hours. Visit kcsdv.org to register.

About the Trainers: John Savas is a Senior Vice President for Forest Advisors and has over 25 years of human resource experience. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of numerous workplace violence prevention and intervention programs. He is a key player in helping companies address this issue and reduce potential employer liability. Pamela Paziotopoulos, Senior Vice President, has been working in the domestic violence field for 23 years. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC and the Oprah Winfrey Show, speaking out on the subject of domestic violence. She is the co-author for the ASIS Workplace Violence Guidelines, the ABA Workplace Violence book and the 2011 SHRM workplace violence standards.


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Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Launches Online Test to Help Reduce Domestic Violence

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KCSDV launches www.TestKansas.com to educate and engage while raising money to help prevent sexual assault and domestic violence across the state

Topeka, KS, 6/6/2013 - The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) announced today that the organization has launched the campaign Test Kansas, www.TestKansas.com, to use online tools to engage and educate Kansans about solutions to help prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.

The test is designed to teach important information to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence as users test their existing knowledge and learn simple but powerful solutions to prevent violence, like promoting healthy relationships and demonstrating respect in schools, at work and in the community. During the initial launch, for every person who finishes the test, 25 cents will be donated to KCSDV to help reduce violence and abuse across the state.

“We’re using the test format because that’s how our adult society says that something’s important – by putting it on a test,” says Audra Fullerton of KCSDV. “While we think Kansans of all ages will learn from this test, we especially hope teenagers and youth are inspired to test and expand their knowledge – and encourage their friends to do the same.”

Fullerton continued, “When one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and 25% of homicides in Kansas are the result of domestic abuse, we know that it doesn’t have to be this way. We have the answers to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence. That’s why we’ve launched this website and produced a PSA to engage Kansans to participate and learn how they can help.”

Test Kansas is a project sponsored by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) that provides answers to help reduce sexual assault and domestic abuse – while engaging users to participate and learn in real-time. The project aims to encourage as many people as possible to participate and to share the test with other Kansans online.

For more information and to put your own knowledge to the test, visit www.TestKansas.com.


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Founded in 1982, the purpose of KCSDV is the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts. Learn more at www.kcsdv.org.

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2014 Budget Restores & Increases Resources for Victims

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